|Hyperactive, Chef Joel Vieira, PR maven Wendy Huang at Porto Fino Kitchen + Deli|
Porto Fino Kitchen + Deli is tucked away at the upper, quieter end of Old Bailey Street.
"It's so laid back," I sighed, "you'd be forgiven for forgetting that SoHo is literally three skips away."
We were sipping some sort of Brazilian cocktail out of a pack - just add booze. At first I had my doubts. I'm a cocktail snob. But upon inspection of the drink prepared by Taka - "He makes them strong, Wendy promised" - I was won over. It had bits of muddled fruit in it, too. I felt like I was simply enjoying a powered-up mixed berries dessert. I was convinced it was healthy. In any case, it was delicious.
Moments later, a little charcuterie plate arrived. The cheeses were strong, but not too sharp or pungent or creamy. "Goat," I guessed.
"Six months and nine months goat cheese," Joel confirmed later.
"Wow," I whistled, "enough time to have a baby." I dived right back in for more.
"Joel's from Portugal," Wendy shared.
"The part in the middle of the Atlantic," Joel piped in. "I'm a dolphin in the kitchen!"
I instantly adored Joel's easygoing charm, energy and youthful enthusiasm.
I must return soon for a boozy Sunday brunch.
PORTO FINO KITCHEN + DELI
A: 28 Old Bailey St, SoHo, Central, Hong Kong
T: +852 2668 0430